“The Den,” IFC Midnight’s tech-thriller, is now available for thriller fans on VOD and in select theaters. The film, directed by Zach Donahue, written by Donahue and Lauren Thompson and starring Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen and Matt Riedy, could be seen as a commentary on today’s video-chat culture. In the film, a girl realizes that she’s witnessed a heinous act while on a video-chat site, but no one believes her when she says what she saw.
“After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as THE DEN, on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet. And eventually, Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.”
Below are three clips from the film. What do you think about “The Den”? Give your opinions in the comments section below.